Featured Friday! Amy Croucher Rose
I am the author Amy Croucher Rose, on most days you can see me tottering around Winchester university, or in a multitude of coffee shops typing up scribbled notes for my books. I am a writer and author of my debut novel Avaland.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
I write everyday, normally at four o clock in the morning then again in the afternoon, sometimes I will sit and write one line stories, or a poem. None of my poems make any sense but I think that is the beauty of them.
What made you start writing?
I have always wanted to write my ‘Magnum Opus!’ Avaland. It is a story that lived with me from childhood. My mum told me when I was eight years old that she saw a fairy and I went searching for the fairy world. Obviously I didn’t find it, but the world stayed with me and grew in my imagination. Now that world exists, in the pages of my first novel.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
The J K Rowling books were a huge inspiration to me. I fell in love with her world and it just confirmed to me that I wanted to write down the one that I had created. It took me over ten years to grow into the writer I needed to become to write it properly but once I did it flowed easily and I finished the book in a year. I’m inspired by movies and music more than I am books. I quite often listen to music whilst I write. Normally something obscure that nobody else listens to such as; background sounds. It creates pictures in my mind like a movie and I just write them down. I love Roald Dahl and Lewis Carols fiction, I find some of George Orwell’s work quite compelling, too.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Don’t give up, Keep writing everyday and most importantly be easy on yourself, it takes time to write a book, sometimes you need that pat on the back, because there is a lot of rejection in the industry and that can be hard at times, so you need to stay positive.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
I am not much of a reader, I would rather write my own work than read other peoples. I know that’s not the way a lot of writers do it but it works for me.
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
Oh wow, all of them. I would like to spend the day with any member of the talisman group Quartz Clear. Each new Guardian of Avaland is put into a crystal talisman group when they arrive at the great tree Arafolle, who has every branch lit with candles. Quartz Clear is my main characters talisman group, it consists of Abacus Creedy a Giant Leprechaun, Antonious a Wolf Man, Topaz an Albino Elf, Magnus Fillius, who is a descendent of the wizard Merlin and a Ghoul centuries of years old called Sir Gualish Knight. To hang out with Quartz Clear for a day would be amazing, but then I guess I already do.. in my stories.
Which book do you consider a must-read?
I love the Roald Dahl books and Harry Potter, you can’t beat them when it comes to fantasy in my opinion.
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
I guess it would be in the novel I’m writing now, I had a completely different opening chapter that I had to dispose of because I was advised that the story would be more riveting if it started with the hook. After reflection I’m really glad I did rewrite it because it’s a lot stronger.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
My own story, Avaland; which is why I wrote it. Whenever I get sick of this world, I can hang up my coat, shut my eyes and live in my own world for a little while. Avaland is my happy place.
If you could pick an author to write your biography, who would it be?
George Orwell, he is amazingly stark and honest.
Is there any conflict between what you want to write and what you think your readers will like?
No, I write for myself, if readers like my work than that is fantastic. Sometimes I add in more humour than I would usually do, just because its teenage fiction and I’m sure my readers appreciate the jokes. I have had many funny looks in coffee shops because I’ve been sat writing a funny scene on my own and am laughing under my polo neck. They look at me like; what on earth is she laughing about? She must be crazy, and they would probably be right.
What effect can a review have on you, if you read them at all? Both the good and the bad.
Luckily Avaland has had brilliant reviews, but I see it like; everyone is entitled to their opinion, not everyone is going to like your work, because we all have different tastes, and that’s OK. In fact that’s perfectly normal.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
Creative, strong, soul searching dreamer that took a leap of faith.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
I have a Christmas story coming out this year called a Christmas Miracle, I have always wanted to write a Christmas story and am really happy with the result, I have fallen in love with the illustrations done by Oliver Hurst. A Christmas Miracle is based in the beautiful city of Winchester, my hometown; where Christmas Spirit rouses the statues to life every Christmas Eve, my Protagonist King Alfred ends up searching for his beloved, the statue with no name but in doing so creates a lot of unwanted attention. I am also writing another novel; a dystopian Sci Fi for adults, though it’s not quite finished but I am really enjoying putting it together. It is action packed and filled with lots of interesting things like flying cars, light based computers and artificial intelligence.
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
Follow your dreams, believe in yourself, and never give up.
Thanks to Amy for taking the time to answer our questions.
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